Pronunciation: chānd
n.1.A series of links or rings, usually of metal, connected, or fitted into one another, used for various purposes, as of support, of restraint, of ornament, of the exertion and transmission of mechanical power, etc.
[They] put a chain of gold about his neck.
- Dan. v. 29.
2.That which confines, fetters, or secures, as a chain; a bond; as, the chains of habit.
3.A series of things linked together; or a series of things connected and following each other in succession; as, a chain of mountains; a chain of events or ideas.
4.(Surv.) An instrument which consists of links and is used in measuring land.
5.(Naut.) Iron links bolted to the side of a vessel to bold the dead-eyes connected with the shrouds; also, the channels.
6.(Weaving) The warp threads of a web.
Chain belt
(Mach.) a belt made of a chain; - used for transmitting power.
Chain boat
a boat fitted up for recovering lost cables, anchors, etc.
Chain bolt
a - (Naut.) The bolt at the lower end of the chain plate, which fastens it to the vessel's side.
b - A bolt with a chain attached for drawing it out of position.
Chain bond
See Chain timber.
Chain bridge
a bridge supported by chain cables; a suspension bridge.
Chain cable
a cable made of iron links.
Chain coral
(Zool.) a fossil coral of the genus Halysites, common in the middle and upper Silurian rocks. The tubular corallites are united side by side in groups, looking in an end view like links of a chain. When perfect, the calicles show twelve septa.
Chain coupling
a - A shackle for uniting lengths of chain, or connecting a chain with an object.
b - (Railroad) Supplementary coupling together of cars with a chain.
Chain gang
a gang of convicts chained together.
Chain hook
(Naut.) a hook, used for dragging cables about the deck.
Chain mail
flexible, defensive armor of hammered metal links wrought into the form of a garment.
Chain molding
(Arch.) a form of molding in imitation of a chain, used in the Normal style.
Chain pier
a pier suspended by chain.
Chain pipe
(Naut.) an opening in the deck, lined with iron, through which the cable is passed into the lockers or tiers.
Chain plate
(Shipbuilding) one of the iron plates or bands, on a vessel's side, to which the standing rigging is fastened.
Chain pulley
a pulley with depressions in the periphery of its wheel, or projections from it, made to fit the links of a chain.
Chain pumps
See in the Vocabulary.
Chain rule
(Arith.) a theorem for solving numerical problems by composition of ratios, or compound proportion, by which, when several ratios of equality are given, the consequent of each being the same as the antecedent of the next, the relation between the first antecedent and the last consequent is discovered.
Chain shot
(Mil.) two cannon balls united by a shot chain, formerly used in naval warfare on account of their destructive effect on a ship's rigging.
Chain stitch
See in the Vocabulary.
Chain timber
(Arch.) See Bond timber, under Bond.
Chain wales
(Naut.) Same as Channels.
Chain wheel
See in the Vocabulary.
Closed chain
(Chem.) terms applied to the chemical structure of compounds whose rational formulæ are written respectively in the form of a closed ring (see Benzene nucleus, under Benzene), or in an open extended form.
Endless chain
a chain whose ends have been united by a link.
v. t.1.To fasten, bind, or connect with a chain; to fasten or bind securely, as with a chain; as, to chain a bulldog.
[imp. p. p. Chained (chānd); p. pr. & vb. n. Chaining.]
2.To keep in slavery; to enslave.
3.To unite closely and strongly.
And in this vow do chain my soul to thine.
- Shak.
4.(Surveying) To measure with the chain.
5.To protect by drawing a chain across, as a harbor.
Noun1.chain - a series of things depending on each other as if linked together; "the chain of command"; "a complicated concatenation of circumstances"
Synonyms: concatenation
2.chain - (chemistry) a series of linked atoms (generally in an organic molecule)
Synonyms: chemical chain
3.chain - a series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament
4.chain - a number of similar establishments (stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership
5.chain - anything that acts as a restraint
6.chain - a unit of length
7.Chain - British biochemist (born in Germany) who isolated and purified penicillin, which had been discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming (1906-1979)
8.Chainchain - a series of hills or mountains; "the valley was between two ranges of hills"; "the plains lay just beyond the mountain range"
9.chain - metal shackles; for hands or legs
Synonyms: chains, irons, iron
10.chain - a necklace made by a stringing objects together; "a string of beads"; "a strand of pearls";
Synonyms: strand, string
Verb1.chain - connect or arrange into a chain by linking
2.chain - fasten or secure with chains; "Chain the chairs together"
unchain - remove the chains from
1.(operating system)chain - (From BASIC's "CHAIN" statement) To pass control to a child or successor without going through the operating system command interpreter that invoked you. The state of the parent program is lost and there is no returning to it. Though this facility used to be common on memory-limited microcomputers and is still widely supported for backward compatibility, the jargon usage is semi-obsolescent; in particular, Unix calls this exec.

Compare with the more modern "subshell".
2.(programming)chain - A series of linked data areas within an operating system or application program. "Chain rattling" is the process of repeatedly running through the linked data areas searching for one which is of interest. The implication is that there are many links in the chain.
3.(theory)chain - A possibly infinite, non-decreasing sequence of elements of some total ordering, S

x0 <= x1 <= x2 ...

A chain satisfies:

for all x,y in S, x <= y \/ y <= x.

I.e. any two elements of a chain are related.

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Translate Chain to Spanish, Translate Chain to German, Translate Chain to French
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chain armor
chain armour
Chain belt
Chain boat
Chain bolt
Chain bond
Chain bridge
Chain cable
Chain coral
Chain coupling
chain fern
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chain letter
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